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Upcoming Xbox 360 hardware to have cooler IBM CPU, but not the revised ATI GPU

The Mercury News’ Dean Takahashi reports that the first Xbox 360 CPUs manufactured on the 65nm process are now on ships in the Pacific bound for North America. Should the consoles, which are made in China, arrive soon, then they could be on retail shelves sometime this fall.

Last month, Takahashi reported that the 65nm Xbox 360 chips would come in a revised hardware version that Microsoft has coded “Falcon.” The new chips are not only smaller and roughly 50 percent cheaper to produce than their 90nm counterpart, but they are also cooler – and presumably less prone to the Red Ring of Death defect.

Those expecting the 65nm die shrink to affect the two main chips inside the Xbox 360 will be disappointed to learn that only the console’s main processor will be the manufactured on the new process.

“Falcon is the name for the board that houses the 65-nanometer microprocessor from IBM,” wrote Takahashi. “The board does not include a 65-nanometer version of the ATI graphics chip for the Xbox 360. That version of the graphics chip is coming later.”

The new 65nm chip from IBM will work with both the current 90nm and the future 65nm iteration of the 65nm ATI GPU, according to Takahashi.

Oddly enough, it appears as though the main culprit behind the Xbox 360 reliability woes may be linked to the ATI GPU rather than the IBM CPU. As part of a recent fix to all 90nm-based consoles, Microsoft has been adding additional cooling measures into the Xbox 360. Found first in a repaired European Xbox 360 was a new heatsink with a heatpipe that leads to a secondary “daughter” heatsink helps to further cool the GPU.

The latest Xbox 360 Premium consoles with the HDMI-enabled “Zephyr” motherboard also features the extra heatsinks, providing further evidence that an overheating GPU is the main cause behind the Red Ring of Death.

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RE: Send it in
By mdogs444 on 8/28/2007 1:46:41 PM , Rating: 1
It also depends on what type of $7000 car you have. Age, motor, class of car, crash rating, safety, cost to repair, and most of all Driving Record. One ticket or one accident on a young drive will drive up your costs remarkably. Also, one major major factor in insurance cost is your credit record. If you have little to no creidt - then prepare for high costs. If you have bad credit, again prepare.

$2000/year isnt too bad for an under 25 driver - but perhaps it is on a $7000 car. Im 27, and pay $400/6 months on an 06 Audi A4 Quattro.

RE: Send it in
By omnicronx on 8/28/2007 2:10:14 PM , Rating: 2
I had been insured on my parents insurance for a year before, i had a perfect driving record, and i was driving a volvo 850.(slowest POS ever) 3000$ for full blown insurance.

I now drive a protege5 that is yellow and i only pay 2000. If i had even one ticket that price would have jumped by atleast 500 dollars.

I totally agree with you having only liability is stupid, but i just could not afford it, and i am sure many people are in the same boat. Of course i live in Ontario which doesn't help me out much either.. terribly high insurance rates..

RE: Send it in
By mdogs444 on 8/28/07, Rating: 0
RE: Send it in
By FITCamaro on 8/28/2007 11:00:02 PM , Rating: 4
Provided you're a good driver, insurance rates drop drastically once you hit 25.

I'm 24, have an 06 Cobalt SS Coupe, and pay $900/6 months with no accidents or tickets.

I can't wait to turn 25 in 6 months.

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